What is the connection between watershed governance and existing government authorities and jurisdictions?

In B.C., various freshwater decision-making responsibilities are held by four different levels of government: Indigenous, federal, provincial, and local. Too often these authorities operate in silos and with little coordination. The case can be made that each of these authorities must simply “do more” on their own, but without coordination, the impact of each authority is limited by its inability to address the challenges that arise from overlapping jurisdictions. Watershed governance is about finding new models for decision-making that are based on collaboration and the sharing of authority and responsibility for protecting freshwater systems.